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Oral history interview with Arnold O. Beckman, 1985 April 23

Author: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold Thackray; Jeffrey L Sturchio; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Series: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0014A.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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This interview, the first of several with Arnold Beckman conducted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, begins with a discussion of Beckman's teenage experience as an industrial chemist at a local gas works in Bloomington, Illinois, and the Keystone Iron and Steel Works. A recollection of Beckman's student days at the University of Illinois, with special emphasis on some of the faculty and students, follows next.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold O Beckman
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold O Beckman; Arnold Thackray; Jeffrey L Sturchio; Chemical Heritage Foundation.
OCLC Number: 70189209
Notes: Interview conducted by Jeffrey L. Sturchio and Arnold Thackray at University of Pennsylvania.
Description: Sound recordings ; cassettes Transcript : (48 leaves) ; 29 cm.
Series Title: Chemical Heritage Foundation Oral history transcript, 0014A.
Other Titles: Arnold O. Beckman oral history interview.
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This interview, the first of several with Arnold Beckman conducted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, begins with a discussion of Beckman's teenage experience as an industrial chemist at a local gas works in Bloomington, Illinois, and the Keystone Iron and Steel Works. A recollection of Beckman's student days at the University of Illinois, with special emphasis on some of the faculty and students, follows next. The central portion of the interview considers Beckman as a student and faculty member at Caltech and includes his early experiences with instrumentation, patents, and serving as an expert witness. The interview continues with Beckman discussing the origin of the pH meter and DU spectrophotometer, and concludes with the beginning stages of manufacturing and sales, emphasizing the principles used to build National Technical Laboratories, the company that would become Beckman Instruments.

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